The Government of Tanzania through the Ministry of Energy and Minerals have for the first time introduced their mission for renewable energy to stakeholders, enabling them to access and disseminate information of any kind.
Acquiring reliable renewable energy information continues to be a challenge in Tanzania especially for the developer; the Tanzanian Ministry of Energy and Minerals reported.
Speaking at the half day meeting organized by the Ministry of Energy and Minerals in Arusha, Tanzania, Styden Rwebangilo, Acting Assistant Commissioner for renewable energy said, Ã¢ÂÂthat the portal will be an instrument to guide renewable energy developers by providing policies, legislation, regulatory framework, taxation regimes on solar technologies, incentives and grants.Ã¢ÂÂ
Mr. Styden added that the system will be known as Tanzania Renewable Energy Management Information System (TREMIS). TREMIS will be a web-based management information system that will facilitate access to renewable energy information in the country, moreover the system will minimize time spent in searching for renewable energy information, enhance integrity, consistency, accuracy and transparency of the collected renewable energy data together with identification of renewable potential areas and tracking of renewable energy projects.
Ã¢ÂÂOur job is to harmonize whatever information is positive for renewable energy productionÃ¢ÂÂ, said Mr. Styden
The TREMIS architectural structure is divided into 3 major parts:
Part 1. Will give the public and developers access to information through a web portal.
Part 2. Will register developers so they have access to more information not currently shared in the public domain; this includes potential opportunities and other sensitive information.
Part 3. Will make the Ministry of Energy and Minerals an administrator responsible for database collection and forecasting tools. TREMIS will require general information from all renewable energy projects like solar, wind technology, geothermal, biomass and biogas.
The information acquired from solar alone allows insight into the following: sharing solar electricity on the grid, solar energy markets, geographical insolation (maps) to include optimal locations and potential areas for solar projects, current technologies available, total installed capacity (solar PV), generation capacity, number of solar power projects and a list of projects and key players in solar energy.
During the panel discussion, the renewable energy developers raised their concerns about issues that have been challenging them, due to lack of integration and compliance from all governmental agencies like Rural Energy Agency, Ministry of Energy, Tanzania Energy utility Company (Tanesco) and Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA).
Mr. Styden said, this new system will solve the longtime problem of overlapping information and answer the question of who does what and where. All this information will be accessible in one online location, moreover this platform will give access and visibility to the current and future plan of the grid extension project, run by Tanesco and REA reducing investment risk and implications for the mini-grid investors and developers. These implications are from regulatory, licensing and registration.